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Here's an Unusual Opportunity to try Something....
« on: June 01, 2016, 12:14:42 AM »
Without going into too much detail I have what may be an opportunity for kicking buprenorphine (Suboxone).

I've ben prescribed bupe since about 2003, from almost s soon as it becoming a prescribable drug for detox and/or maintenance. Thses days I am prescribed 16mg/day but I don't take that much. Like any experienced junkie especially with so few doctors able to prescribe it I've learned to tell my prescribing doctor that I take 2X aas much as I do so I can keep a healthy "emergency supply" stashd "just in case. Besides having to visit the doctor once a month to get my pills so that I can avoid withdrawal  just rubs me the wrong way.

Anyway, a close family meber has cancer. She's had it for some time and it isn't malignant or immediately dangerous. She opted for "pallative care" just trating her symptoms and not doing chemo. Her pallative care docor just wnts to keep he comfrotable and able to have a normal life.  He prescribed her 5mg of methadone a day, with refills and tells her he will increase her dose if she feels she needs more.

The thing is, SHE DOESN"T WANT TO TAKE IT. SHe's very anti-narcotics and "doesn't want to be a junkie." Also, I foolishly warned her that if she takes it and screws up driving she could face a DUI even if she hadn't taken any that day. So, instead of taking her little bit of methdone everyday she skips it unless she is in rea pain.

No we here all know that 5 or 10 mg of methdone ain't shit. BUt this docoris ready to give her s much as she wants/needs to feel OK and enjoy life. And, she is in no immediate danger.

In my own opinion she should take the methadone just to help with the aches and pains and to lift her mood a bit (I heard opiates do that) but chnaces are she is going to take a pill or two a week for a long time.

I told her that IF SHE DIDN"T TAKE THEM she COULD give them to me and get her doctor to give her a bigger (and also refillable 'script) at the end of the month. At a minimum she will get 150mg/mo and that could easily become 300, 450, 600 mg/mo in just a few months.

Here's my idea, once she has serveral hundred mg's of methadone tablets if I could quickly taper my buprenorphine to ZERO (get into full-blown bupe w/d) then start using the methadone in as small a dose as it takes to stop the w/d then quickly taper down on the done, (not build up a methdone habit) do you guys think I can shake the bupe habit and avoid a methadone withdrawal?

Ideally, I'd have an even weaker drug, like Vicodin or Percodan to get through the last leg of the process and given my relative's's doctor's willingness to give her pain meds this might happen. I'd just have to coach her on how to describe and ask for something for "breakthrough pain."

Maybe this is all a pipe dream, I donon;t know. MY bupe docotor won't taper me using weaker and weaker full agonist opiates becaues he believes that it would "trigger" full-blown H use but I have no H connection and I have been doing well (opiate-wise  anyway) fr over 10 years. All I am doing is using the bupe to avoid w/d from it because it does NOTHING for me as far s getting a good opiate glow going.

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Re: Here's an Unusual Opportunity to try Something....
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2016, 01:39:22 AM »
Terrible idea all around. For one, you're asking your close family member with cancer to commit a crime. That really doesn't need to be commited. Kicking bupe will be far easier than done. Especially if one of the reasons you want to switch to the done is for an opiate glow.
You're prescribed 16mg bup a day, but you're taking less, what dose are you currently using?

Since you have plenty of stock, you'll be able to take as long as you need to taper off the bupe. A slow taper can be pretty much painless. It just takes time.
In theory it does sound like a good IDE, especially if you'll get some glow here and there. I just don't ser it working out very well. Just my opinion
I'd rather be working for a paycheck than waiting to win the lottery.
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Re: Here's an Unusual Opportunity to try Something....
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2016, 01:42:38 AM »
Dude use the methadone to dt, are they the dissolve able pills or oral ones? If they are dissolve able you can titration the doses down to 1 mg or so and u know how to do it from there. Starts at 10mg a day (5 x 2) then 2.5 x 2 and so on....

I wouldn't personally bother with trying to get her to get vikes or percs.... Just my opinion....
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Re: Here's an Unusual Opportunity to try Something....
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2016, 10:12:30 AM »
I'm with Taytoechip-your whole plan makes me nervous.
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Re: Here's an Unusual Opportunity to try Something....
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2016, 10:41:49 AM »
If this is something you really want, maybe consider doing ibogaine while in SA.
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Re: Here's an Unusual Opportunity to try Something....
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2016, 10:57:11 AM »
Iboga is overkill for buprenorphine. Id never do Ibo for anything short of a full blown dope habit or serious methadone intake.

However, I do agree with tay on the coaching cancer patient to get breakthrough meds from her doctor. I just think that's a bad idea all around.


Now if she's/he's already got a shotload of done at home and willing to help out, the. There's no harm in that I suppose....
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Re: Here's an Unusual Opportunity to try Something....
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2016, 12:00:32 PM »
IME it's much easier to taper off bup than 'done; unless the methadone course is really short, like less than 6 weeks MAX, I suspect you'd probably just wind up jacking up your tolerance..
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Re: Here's an Unusual Opportunity to try Something....
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2016, 12:27:41 PM »
Iboga is overkill for buprenorphine.

In my experience, I don't think it really is. When I did it, there were people doing it after being clean for more than a month. Part of it is to help with withdrawals, but an even bigger aspect of it is spiritual. To help you reset your thoughts and get past addiction mentally. It also helps a lot with depression which can be the difference between getting clean and staying clean. Small boosters are used to help with that.
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Re: Here's an Unusual Opportunity to try Something....
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2016, 01:25:41 PM »
Iboga is overkill for buprenorphine. Id never do Ibo for anything short of a full blown dope habit or serious methadone intake.

However, I do agree with tay on the coaching cancer patient to get breakthrough meds from her doctor. I just think that's a bad idea all around.


Now if she's/he's already got a shotload of done at home and willing to help out, the. There's no harm in that I suppose....

That's how the idea came about. SHe doesnt't want the methadone but they are writing her refillable prescriptions with the option to increse doe and quantity.

I would NOT divert any medication that would be otherwise used. The isdea for getting some weaker plates "for breakthrough" was from past experience with CPP they are frequently given them along with long-acting pain meds. My thinking was if they were going to do this a few of them would make a good last step down after using methadone for (a week?) then be done.

I know people who quit bupe and methadone go through much longer acute AND post-acute w/d than short-ating opiates, including H.

THe other person is not symptomatic. She refuses chemo and doctors dont see malignancy. And she is really wary of taking ANY drugs so they are either going to pile up or get flushed so me usuing them to help detox from bupe isn't going to negatively affect her and she is for me trying it.

It's a pretty good opportunity because of those factors. What I wonder is HOW to best go about it. I average maybe 12 mg of bupe a day which is way more than I want to be taking . I took 2mg/day for years until I got insurance and a new door who wrote for 16mg  day which I took in ordr to have a back-up stash and I am glad I did.

More than once my bupe supply has been interrupted; insurance problems, lost some once, cops saw them and arrested me for psosession because I was travelling and kept my travel supply in a small factory botle that had all the right information (name, script number, etc) but was from an old fill so he said it was illegal....it was laughed out of court but I still had to go to jail and get released, then flay back and forth to fight it and show my pharmacy records and even then the cops "lost" them when I asked for my property back. Plus only a few doctors CAN write for it and they are often at their maximum patient load (by law) so if you and your bupe doctor part ways you can go weeks or more w/o geting a new prescription.

That was a tangent sorry, but that's why I now make sure I have extra's stashed away. The downside is it is now easy to take more than I intend to when I feel shitty or think I'm starting w/d.

So don't worry about the person who is getting the prescription.  What I'm unsure of at what leel of bupe use can I use methadone to stave off w/d and then how much methadone do I use and at what rate do I reduce that to zero? You know, the stpe by step procedure.

Also, if it DOESN'T work I still have shitloads of bupe and a monthly doctor's visit for more.


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Re: Here's an Unusual Opportunity to try Something....
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2016, 01:45:21 PM »
IME it's much easier to taper off bup than 'done; unless the methadone course is really short, like less than 6 weeks MAX, I suspect you'd probably just wind up jacking up your tolerance..

That's what I was thinking: get as low on the bupe as I can until wd starts. Then, use the 'done at the minimum effective dose and start titrating down right away.

Also, there is no danger of developing a real methadone habit. The supply would be limited.
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Re: Here's an Unusual Opportunity to try Something....
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2016, 01:48:02 PM »
I dont know what you want us to say
you realize how little 150mg of done is a month right? You want to come off 12mg of bupe a day, which you have plenty of, to use 5mg of done a day to taper?
If you want to get high, just get high. dont try to trick yourself into believing its for the best. Just go off your bupe a few days, do what you want to do, then go back on the bupe.

" BUt this docoris ready to give her s much as she wants/needs to feel OK and enjoy life. And, she is in no immediate danger."
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That's how the idea came about. SHe doesnt't want the methadone but they are writing her refillable prescriptions with the option to increse doe and quantity."

There are people here who take 150mg in one swig. Thats not even close to appearing on the scale of "a shitload"
Even if you dont plan on "coaching" her into weaker opiates for breakthrough, you're still planning on coaching her to ask for more done, over and over again. and that in itself is fucked up that you see that as perfectly fine and harmless. Because honestly, its not. Nothing about this plan is a good idea. If she doesnt want the done then sure, by all means let her give it to you if she wants. But just get high once or twice and go back to real life
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2016, 01:50:14 PM »
Also, there is no danger of developing a real methadone habit. The supply would be limited.

Which is exactly why you shouldnt even involve someone else, there is no doubt 100% that you will be right back on the bupe. Which is fine. But what would you have accomplished?

I'm telling you man, you have the shit you need to get off the bupe. focus on that. Long term goals. No pipe dreams of being clean by next month, be realistic with your taper. Plan it out, stick to it. It can be painless i promise
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Re: Here's an Unusual Opportunity to try Something....
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2016, 02:11:21 PM »
I dont know what you want us to say
you realize how little 150mg of done is a month right? You want to come off 12mg of bupe a day, which you have plenty of, to use 5mg of done a day to taper?
If you want to get high, just get high. dont try to trick yourself into believing its for the best. Just go off your bupe a few days, do what you want to do, then go back on the bupe.

" BUt this docoris ready to give her s much as she wants/needs to feel OK and enjoy life. And, she is in no immediate danger."
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That's how the idea came about. SHe doesnt't want the methadone but they are writing her refillable prescriptions with the option to increse doe and quantity."

There are people here who take 150mg in one swig. Thats not even close to appearing on the scale of "a shitload"
Even if you dont plan on "coaching" her into weaker opiates for breakthrough, you're still planning on coaching her to ask for more done, over and over again. and that in itself is fucked up that you see that as perfectly fine and harmless. Because honestly, its not. Nothing about this plan is a good idea. If she doesnt want the done then sure, by all means let her give it to you if she wants. But just get high once or twice and go back to real life

I probably didn't explain it clearly enough for you. Right now the prescription is for 5mg/day with a refill. The doctor will increase it s needed.  I doubt more than 5 or 10 mg a week will be used. So in a couple months there will be a few hundred mg of methdone sitting here. When I have gone to mehadone detox from H they started us at 40mg/day and dropped it by 5mg/day. (OR close, it was 40 down to 0 in a week).

I will agree that "coaching" to ask for a weaker "breakthrough" opiate probably is'nt worth it.

The thinking is that after tapering to as low as possible a short course of methadone will ease the w/d that occours even after you taper down to a fraction of a mg of bupe. But it wouldn't be enough in dose or length of use to develop a methadone habit, just ease the acute w/d from bupe.

Remember, this is an idea for an experiment. Franly I am very tired of needing bupe like a junkie without the reward of a full agonist but I don't want the junkie life either so the short case of methodone might ease the transition.

What I would find MORE helpful than speculation why I shouldn't try it is someone with IRL experience or from someone who is professionally qualified in the biology of opiate dependence and the actions of different opiates.

And to be clear, none of this is "to get high" my statement was that I am going through the mechanics I did to get high but now I do it just not to be sick.

I'm not pushing anyone into doing anything. They are going to keep writing it for her and telling her to take more (in fact, they just called to tell her to take more) but it is her way to say "OK" and then just leave it on the shelf.

Tattoo, I don't think I can explain this all fully or to your satisfaction. THe bottom line is in a month or two there will be a few hundred mgs of unused, never gonna be used methadone here and I was specualting as to if it could be helpful in getting off the bupe. IT's nothing to freak out about.
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Re: Here's an Unusual Opportunity to try Something....
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2016, 02:38:00 PM »
Tattoo, I don't think I can explain this all fully or to your satisfaction. THe bottom line is in a month or two there will be a few hundred mgs of unused, never gonna be used methadone here and I was specualting as to if it could be helpful in getting off the bupe. IT's nothing to freak out about.

Theres really no need to explain anything to my satisfaction. I'm just trying to help you realize what a terrible idea this is. But you're right, I'm not professionally qualified in the biology of opiate dependence. I did however just finish a year long suboxone taper that was more or less painless, but hey fuck me.

Good luck with your endeavor
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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2016, 02:44:32 PM »
I guess what I'm not understanding is why you want to taper after switching to methadone instead of just simply tapering from the bupe...seems like alot of trouble. Sorry but I'm not seeing the point in this. Either way, good luck man! Kat
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